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Census Bureau urges same-sex couples to be counted NEW YORK — With strong backing from the Census Bureau, gay-rights activists are urging maximum participation by their community in the first U.S. census that will tally samesex couples who say they’re married — even those without a marriage license. The move has drawn fire from conservatives, who complain that it’s another step toward redefining marriage. For the first time, the bureau has deployed a team of professional field workers — about two-dozen strong — to reach out to gays and lesbians. On Monday, the bureau unveiled its first public-service videos encouraging gay Americans to mail in their census forms.

For the last three months, gynecologic oncologist Dr. Larry Kilgore has had 120 reasons for spreading the word to women about ovarian cancer. After successfully removing a 120-pound ovarian tumor from a 61-year old patient at the UT Medical Center on Jan. 8, the UT alumnus is helping the Maryville resident share a medical story she feels is very important to discuss. The patient requested to remain anonymous and wouldn’t allow any photographs to be released, but “Mamaw” — as the patient’s family refers to her — asked for her medical story to be shared so that other women didn’t make the same mistake she did. “If you have any doubts at all, go to the doctor,” Mamaw said in a press release. “It’s really important, especially for women to have their female organs checked.” Georgette Samaras is the education coordinator at UT’s Cancer Institute; according to her research, the symptoms for ovarian cancer are pressure pains in the abdominal region, fatigue and stomach swelling. Family history of ovarian cancer can also

increase chances of a woman being diagnosed. Samaras said its best to get an annual pelvic examination with a physician, and the best age to begin screening is 21. Gynecologic cancer, one of the fields Kilgore has practiced in leading up to the abnormal surgery, is the fourth most common type of cancer in women, affecting approximately one in every 20 females. In the U.S. each year, there are about 80,000 women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. In 2009, an estimated 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer were reported; about 14,600 deaths were pronounced due to the illness. The state of Tennessee saw 310 cases of ovarian cancer deaths in that same year. “Ovarian cancer is not a silent killer,” Kilgore said. The UT doctor went on to add that it’s important for women to “know the signs of ovarian cancer” because the changes are “very subtle.” An average ovarian tumor, from Kilgore’s experience, ranges from 30 to 40 pounds. In the 20 years that Kilgore has practiced gynecologic oncology, the 120-pound “mucinous tumor of the ovary” may have been the largest he’d ever

removed, but it wasn’t the first. The heaviest tumor Kilgore had removed was a 75-pound tumor for a patient during his tenure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ironically, Kilgore said the four-hour process was nearly 10 years to the day of Mamaw’s surgery. Kilgore said the serious health condition was because of Mamaw overlooking her health condition. Since the procedure, Mamaw has been making a full recovery at home and her health condition has improved dramatically; the Maryville native went from weighing around 300 pounds without the ability to lie on her back in January to now weighing 140 pounds and being unquestionably grateful for her recovery. “Dr. Kilgore is such a fantastic person, and I’m really glad he was my surgeon,” Mamaw added. “He’s always really sweet. There just aren’t many doctors who will come up and give you a hug and a kiss. He sure does care about you.” Kilgore is also pleased with the outcome. “She feels great; she looks great,” Kilgore said. “(And) she’s pleased people will find out about this story.”

Official: Britain to hold national election May 6 LONDON — An official with Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party says the U.K. leader will confirm Tuesday that Britain’s first national election in five years will take place May 6. Brown will travel to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth II for permission to dissolve Parliament and call the first national vote since 2005. The official demanded anonymity to discuss the announcement in advance. The election could end in Brown’s ouster three years after he succeeded Tony Blair as leader. The main opposition Conservative Party — which leads in opinion polls — hopes to win power for the first time in 13 years. Four shot, 33 arrested, dozens cited in NYC mayhem NEW YORK — Hundreds of young people spilled into midtown Manhattan near Times Square early Monday, brawling and shooting guns after the New York International Auto Show in an annual night of mayhem the mayor called “wilding.” Four people were shot and 33 were arrested, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct on the streets not far from the Jacob A. Javits Center, where the auto show is held. Three men and a woman were arrested later Monday on gang assault charges related to one of the shootings, police said. It wasn’t clear whether anyone who fired shots was among those arrested. Another 23 were issued summons for disorderly conduct or were given juvenile reports and released. Additional officers were on patrol over the night because similar problems have happened during past auto shows, dating at least to 2003, chief spokesman Paul J. Browne said. Last year, there were 27 arrests on the same night. In earlier years arrest numbers ran in the low 20s, Browne said.

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Members of the UT Dance Company perform in their Spring Performance, which took place March 25 through 27 at local high school, Austin East.

Vols remain perfect in SEC over weekend Kevin Huebschman Staff Writer UT’s No. 3 men’s tennis team lost a rank this week and lost Matt Brewer to an ankle injury, but neither affected the team’s performance as the Vols (20-1, 8-0 SEC) continued their perfect run through the SEC with home wins over Ole Miss and Mississippi State this weekend. Friday Even with the absence of the 112th-ranked Brewer, the Vols didn’t miss a step, shutting out No. 16 Mississippi (13-4, 4-3 SEC) for their 10th of the season, tying the school record. Junior John-Patrick Smith and senior Davey Sandgren led doubles play with a victory from the No. 1 slot. Junior Boris Conkic and freshman Rhyne Williams lost from the No. 2 position for the first time this season, though, leaving junior Matteo Fago and freshman Edward Jones to clinch from No. 3. “The biggest thing about

winning the doubles Mississippi State point today is that the Sunday, but the team that has been winBulldogs (8-9, 1-6 ning every time for us SEC) came closer to lost,” Vols coach Sam defeating Tennessee Winterbotham said, than any SEC team referring to Conkic and this season, losing 5-2. Williams, who had won For the first time 16 straight matches. this season, the Vols “So, we relied on our 1 lost the opening point and our 3. Our 3 came as only Conkic and through for us today.” Williams were able to The point gave the win during doubles Vols their 20th doubles play. Smith and Davey point in 20 matches this Sandgren lost from the season. No. 1 spot before Sandgren, filling in Conkic and Williams for the injured Brewer, were able to win from opened singles play with No. 2. Fago and Jones, a quick victory from the however, weren’t able No. 6 position, his first to hold on to an early singles match since a lead, giving up the Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon point. Feb. 15 loss to Virginia. Fago and Smith, the The Vols’ Davey Sandgren returns a The Bulldogs’ early nation’s No. 2 singles shot in a match earlier this season. UT lead didn’t last, howevplayer, soon followed remained perfect in conference play er, as the Vols quickly with victories from the with victories over Mississippi and recovered, winning No. 5 and 1 slots, Mississippi State over the weekend. the next four points to respectively, to clinch clinch. Smith and Fago the match. opened singles play Conkic sealed the shutout Freshman Tennys from No. 2. with quick wins from the No. 1 Sandgren, ranked 111th, won and 5 spots, and Tennys Sunday from No. 4, after his opponent Sandgren followed with a win retired following the clinch. The Vols faced the SEC from No. 4. The 49th-ranked Williams won West’s second-worst team in Davey Sandgren then folfrom the No. 3 spot and No. 26 lowed, clinching from the No.

6 position, with a win that included a point where the match was tied 4-4 in the first set for more than 20 minutes. “I was like, ‘Just win the freaking game,’” he said. “I got like 15 break points and just couldn’t finish it. I was getting kind of pissed off at myself. (But I) won it, won the set, then the second set was a bit easier, so it was good.” Sandgren’s overall weekend performance, though, showed great leadership, Winterbotham said. “Again, tremendous leadership in Davey,” he said. “He comes out, second singles match in a span of three days. … He knows we need the victory there, and he comes and just steps up and does it.” Sandgren, however, was a little more modest. “Right now, I’m just filling in for a guy who’s injured,” he said. “So my job is to hold down the position for the team, so I can get a point for the guys.” Conkic and Williams finished up the match with a tiebreaker each, as Conkic lost from the No. 2 slot, while Williams won from No. 3.

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• 4 p.m. until 5p.m. — As part of the “Women at Work” leadership series, a panel of UT alumnae share their experiences transitioning from UT to their first jobs in a session titled “What I Wish I Knew ... Transitioning from College to Career” in the Black Cultural Center multipurpose room. Sponsored by the Office of Student Orientation and Leadership Development, the session is free and open to all students and staff. • 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. — The Men’s and Women’s Chorales perform during their spring concert in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 7 — • 7:30 p.m. — The CPC Cultural Attractions Committee hosts “Tao: The Martial Art of Drumming,” which features a performance in contemporary costumes with synchronized choreography and a modern twist, in the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students, $20 for faculty and staff and $25 for community members. Tickets can be purchased at UT’s Central Ticket Office.

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Students display their research at the 14th annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement in the University Center. The competition, also known as EUReCA, was an important part of UT’s first research week.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY • 1862 — The Civil War explodes in the west as the armies of Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston collide at Shiloh, near Pittsburgh Landing in Tennessee. The Battle of Shiloh became one of the bloodiest engagements of the war, and the level of violence shocked North and South alike. Grant brought his army, 42,000 strong, to rendezvous with General Don Carlos Buell and his 20,000 troops. Grant’s objective was Corinth, a vital rail center that if captured would give the Union total control of the region. Twenty miles away, Johnston lurked at Corinth with 45,000 soldiers. — Courtesy of History.com


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Convert fights to avoid deportation The Associated Press Guilty plea likely in funeral trust fund case MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An attorney for a former Oklahoma oilman charged with helping steal millions of dollars from funeral home trust funds in Tennessee and Michigan said he will likely plead guilty. The Commercial Appeal reports Michael Scholl announced the plan in a Memphis criminal court on Monday but did not say exactly what charges Clayton Smart is likely to plead guilty to or how much time he would serve. Smart’s attorneys did say their client, who has been in jail for nearly three years, would likely not “walk out of prison when he enters a guilty plea.” Smart is likely to plead guilty to federal charges, as well as to state charges in Michigan and Tennessee, which would let the 70-year-old avoid the lengthy process of going through three separate trials. Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs Jr. ordered Smart to return to court on April 20. New VW supplier venture to create 120 jobs CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A new seat system supplier for the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga will create 120 jobs. A statement Monday said the new jointventure company, Chattanooga Seating Systems, is 51 percent owned by Hollingsworth Logistics of Dearborn, Mich., and 49 percent owned by Magna Seating, a subsidiary of Canadian auto parts maker Magna International. The Volkswagen plant at Chattanooga plans to begin production of a new mid-size sedan in early 2011 and eventually hire about 2,000 VW employees. The statement says the new seat system partnership is a minority supplier. A VW spokesman in Chattanooga, Guenther Scherelis, said the Chattanooga Seating Systems jobs are separate from 500 jobs that VW executives previously announced will be created in the plant’s supplier park. Investigators find two bodies at a home COPPERHILL, Tenn. — Acting on a tip, Polk County investigators found the bodies of two women at a residence in the Pleasant Hill community near Copperhill. The Cleveland Daily Banner reports investigators located the bodies at a residence just off U.S. Highway 64 Saturday after officials were notified they would possibly “find two

deceased persons” there. Detective Kevin Cole said Monday an investigation is continuing. He said there was no sign of trauma or foul play. Cole said autopsy results on 44-year-old Becky Beavers and 32-year-old Tabitha Peak should be available in a few days. He said suicide was not a cause. The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Nashville. Haslam gets $1.3M in 1st quarter; Wamp nets $500K NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam announced Monday that he raised $1.3 million in the first quarter, while fellow Republican Zach Wamp said he brought in more than $500,000 in contributions. The Haslam campaign said the quarter’s haul pushed the Knoxville mayor’s totals to more than $7 million since he entered the race in January 2009. Brad Martin, a member of Haslam’s finance team, said in a campaign release that the fundraising totals show “enthusiasm for his unique combination of successful privatesector and public-sector executive experience.” Wamp, a congressman from Chattanooga, said his campaign will report more than $3.2 million raised to date. “We don’t need the most money to win but just enough to carry our message to more voters all across Tennessee,” Wamp said in a statement. Tenn. dad wants biology textbook banned for ‘myth’ The father of a Knox County public school student wants the school board to get rid of a high school biology textbook that he calls biased against Christians. The board was scheduled Monday evening to consider Kurt Zimmerman’s appeal of a review panel’s finding in favor of the book. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Zimmerman wants a change of textbooks because the honors biology course book used at Farragut High School describes creationism as a “biblical myth.” He is asking that what he termed non-biased textbooks be used. School superintendent Jim McIntyre said the committee’s finding to keep using the book was appropriate. He asked the board to both hear Zimmerman’s appeal and uphold the committee’s recommendation. A decision is expected Wednesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A teenage girl who converted to Christianity and ran away from home is being blocked by her Muslim parents from fighting the possibility of deportation, her attorney told a judge Monday in an ongoing custody dispute. Rifqa Bary, 17, who fled home last year and stayed with a Florida minister whom she met on Facebook, is an illegal immigrant and does not want to be returned to her native Sri Lanka because she fears being harmed or killed by Muslim extremists. Her attorney, Angela Lloyd, asked a judge to sign an order stating that reunification with her parents is not possible by her 18th birthday in August. The order would allow Bary, who is in foster care, to apply for special immigration status without her parents’ consent. Omar Tarazi, an attorney for the parents, objected, telling the judge that he had been unaware of this latest maneuver by Bary’s attorney to apply to an immigration court. He said the parents previously filed an immigration application for the whole family. Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Gill declined to issue the order without first holding a hearing next month. She also declined to remove a gag order that prevents attorneys from discussing the case publicly. Bary and her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, have agreed to follow a counseling plan drawn up by a county child welfare agency to try to resolve the family’s conflict. It requires both sides to work with individual counselors and to try to attend join counseling. But a face-to-face meeting remains unlikely any time soon. Jim Zorn, a children’s services attorney, told the judge that Bary continues to believe that a reconciliation with her parents is impossible. Bary’s counselor has indicated that contact with her parents would be premature, he said. Bary has also complained that her parents have not responded to an emotional letter sent to them through a counselor that explains why their relationship broke down, Lloyd said. The letter was more like a list of 20 questions that felt like a backdoor interrogation prepared by attorneys, Tarazi said. It included questions such as, “Why don’t I have happy memories of my childhood?” he said. The parents want to respond but also want assurances that Bary’s attorneys are not interfering with the process, Tarazi said. Judge Gill ordered both attorneys to stay away from the counselors. Bary’s case has drawn national attention, especially among bloggers, with anti-Islam groups warning she could face death and some Muslim groups saying she’s being exploited by outsiders. The girl ran away last July, saying she couldn’t stay with her parents because she feared for her life for converting to Christianity. Authorities found no evidence that she faced harm in Ohio. Police in Columbus continue to investigate whether anyone broke the law by helping Bary run away. Bary’s father alleges a Columbus minister drove her to a Greyhound station where she received a bus ticket and took a bus to Orlando, Fla. There, she stayed with a minister and his wife for about two weeks before the state of Florida took custody of her and returned her to Ohio.

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Baseball stands out as America’s best sport To celebrate the first week of the Major League Baseball season, I’m going to step up to the staffcolumn plate and try to prove to a university full of football and basketball fans that baseball is actually the best sport of all time. What are the first things that enter the mind when thinking about this great country of ours (I mean America, you communists)? There’s apple pie, which not-so-coincidentally is universally accepted as the best kind of pie. There are hot dogs, which are cheap, quick to cook and fattening — three of Americans’ favorite qualities in foods. And then there’s baseball, which has provided the United States with more of its national heroes over a longer period of time than football or basketball could have ever hoped to. Before the first Super Bowl even took place in 1967, MLB had already provided us with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. One could argue that hot dogs are only perceived as quintessentially American because they’re the food most associated with baseball. (Whereas apple pie is most associated with getting stolen while cooling on the windowsill, symbolizing another one of Americans’ favorite things — petty theft.) The point is — baseball has such a rich tradition. The sport instituted a hall of fame before other sports were even a blip on the American consciousness. It’s so saddening how, year after year, the climax of March Madness drowns out the holiday atmosphere of Opening Day. All throughout the month of March, baseball fans (also known as proud Americans) slowly anticipate more and more the beginning of April with its promise of the beginning of baseball. In those quick glimpses whenever an unbeliever turns the television to college basketball, the true baseball fan sees the saddening contrast between the two sports. Perhaps the best illustration of the sheer banality of basketball is how every single game seems to wrap up the same way. One team gets a marginal lead. The other team starts fouling and calling timeouts. The last two minutes of every game becomes an agonizing 10 minutes of torture. While football is the easiest sport to keep up with, with its one-game-a-week season in the fall, basketball is the sport most connected to Americans’ worst qualities. Millions of lazy Americans who never read because of the distractions of technology surely take refuge in the sport of basketball, with its ADD mindset of offense, offense, offense. Watching a basketball game can be as much of a mess as an amateur pick-up basketball game. On the other hand, watching a baseball game can be poetry in motion, seeing the distinctive delivery of the pitcher, the defensive alignment guarding against a double play or the batter’s attempts at a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over. Baseball is the thinking man’s game. It’s all strategy, like a physical game of chess. Those who have a hard time even making it through movies, constantly looking at the runtime and counting down the minutes, surely love sports with clocks. That way they can keep looking at the clock, waiting for the boring game to end. Of course clocks also lead sports into the fallibility of clock management by both coaches and officials, essentially taking the ball out of the players’ hands in deciding the games. Meanwhile baseball lives by no clock. If it has to go six hours, instead of three, to proclaim a victor, it will. It will end when a team has actually defeated the other team. A winning team can take no solace in the ability to use the victory formation to run out the clock or dribble in the backcourt a little while longer than necessary. In baseball, you have to get the outs and finish the opponent to vanquish them. Even baseball’s season requires more of the teams than in other sports. Professional baseball’s season is 162 games. At the end of the year, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the eight teams (yes, only eight, not 12 as in football or the superfluous 16 in basketball and hockey) deserved to play for a world championship. And for every team in baseball, that 162-game journey to a world championship began this week. The 2010 season should be a captivating, enjoyable ride, with a decisive and satisfactory conclusion. For anyone who read this column thinking to themselves that hockey, soccer or auto racing deserved mentioning, you might as well no longer consider yourself Americans, for none of these qualify as legitimate sports. Neither does basketball come to think of it, but I just enjoyed telling everyone why basketball sucks. COFFEY & INK • Kelsey Roy

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Perception makes people lag in own history Ac orns and Other Seeds by

Anna-Lise Burnette Where the idea came from initially I can’t recall, but the notion that our lives are always lived in the past is one that has beset me for several years now. I’ve always been fascinated by the way the overwhelmingly complex human body functions, and the way our sensory faculties work is one of the more interesting topics in biology I think we can study (although, really, I beg any college student to let me know what isn’t interesting about the human body). Every time we stare down at a newspaper, our brains do a quick fire tango, processing (almost) instantly the color, light, shape and meaning of the words on the page. In a flurry of activity, we know (almost) simultaneously that the text is black on a white background, that it says “says” immediately preceding the word “says” again, that the word “preceding” is made up of a P and an R and an E and so on and so forth in that order, (almost) as fast as the little electrons humming hold the page together in space. But not quite. The “almost” here is what counts. Imagine how much of our time is lost simply moving from one line to the next, or how many hours are lost blinking while our minds sit in a flashing delirium. If we are, in a perceptional way, perpetually lagging behind the rest of the world, couldn’t we be, in effect, watching our lives pass before our eyes? This is a frightening thought. Because this means that no matter how much focus we have, no matter how much balance or inner peace we may obtain, we’ll always be lacking something: presence, in the present. I liken our loss of presence to that of the stars. So tiny and so very distant, they say that some of the stars we see in the night sky

may not even exist any longer — the light emanating from them has taken so long to reach us that those impeccable suns beyond our solar system may have already collapsed into nothingness. What once may have been laughing is now dark and quiet. It seems funny that everything, from the furthest star twinkling to the nearest twitch of a finger, will always be beyond our grasp. It makes everything in the world feel so terribly old, I think. All actions have been done before, and if they haven’t, they will have by the time I hear about them (or see them or feel them or taste them). The pinnacle of existence and we’re such awful failures. Still, short of being divine or allworldly, how could we ever expect to see things as they truly are? That’s one of man’s great quests, or so they say, to find the Truth with a Capital T and to capture the meaning of the universe and stuff it down inside a bottle. And sell it. Maybe being stuck in our own history isn’t such a bad thing. Many people want to live life on the edge, or wish they could spend more time in self-examination. Perhaps through acknowledging our sensory retardation, we can unlock the magic that surrounds us. For, if we use the secret of our own hindrances against them, we can linger in moments serene. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I begin to drift off, studying the grain of the wood that makes up my cabinets. If not, we could go the more practical route. Could this be the snake oil we’ve all been waiting for? Everyone with a guilty conscience, take heart! You’re not the person you were five years ago, nor the person you were yesterday. My friends, you’re not even the person you were 3.25 seconds ago. Revel in your newfound freedom — we are not bound up in our tormented middle school existences, we are freshly atomized men and women, made fresh for your convenience at the low, low cost of being human! — Anna-Lise Burnette is a sophomore in global studies. She can be reached at kburnet7@utk.edu.

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Happy April, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully we will have many May flowers and only a few April showers. I completely forgot about April Fools’ Day last Thursday, but I hope the rest of y’all celebrated somehow. In the new “Alice in Wonderland,” Alice claims that sometimes she believes as many as six impossible things before breakfast. I, like the Mad Hatter, think that is a very good practice indeed, and one in which I want to start engaging. I thought you and I might try it today (even if it’s past breakfast time). Here goes, six impossible things: 1. There are four weeks left of school: 19 days (including today) left to pull up your (and my) grades in classes (or on the flip side, plenty of time left in which to majorly screw up in your classes, so be careful!); four weeks (or maybe a bit longer if you count exam days) left for you slackers to find a place to live next year; five-and-a-half weeks until summer (so you better figure out where you’re going to work/intern/take classes); and for you seniors, and you may want to be sitting down for this, approximately 37 days (depending on your college) left until you become real people. Good luck with that. 2. Somehow trees and flowers know when and how to start blooming: I know there’s a “scientific” explanation, but I’m convinced that people who give “scientific” explanations are just stringing together a bunch of hard-topronounce words, and what they really mean is “magic.” (This is how I explain anything I don’t understand, like how all the original members of ZZ Top are still alive, or how the census could possibly be statistically accurate — magic.) 3. Butler made it to the NCAA Championship game: Hooray for the underdog!

I’m writing this Sunday, so I don’t know if they will/have won the game, but I think it’s really funny how messed up everyone’s brackets must be/have been. (Writing simultaneously in the future and past tense is pretty fun. And confusing. Quite Carroll-esque, actually.) 4. UT is a dry campus: I’ll leave it at that. 5. That a plain yellow pumpkin can become a golden carriage — and a plain country bumpkin and a prince can join in marriage. (Yes, I kind of cheated with this one, the concept of impossibility was built in with the lyrics. Let me take a moment to say that if the only version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” you’ve seen is the ‘90s one with Brandy as the lead, please watch the one with Julie Andrews. Brandy is cool, and everyone should have Whitney Houston as their fairy godmother, but Andrews is just wonderful.) 6. Time flies — or as the French would say, “le temps passe vite” (This is one of the two French phrases I know, so I hope I got that right. The other phrase is from the movie “Moulin Rouge,” and I’m not allowed to say it in public. This made for an interesting time in Paris, but that’s another story for another time.) Back to the topic: Life goes on whether I realize it or not (See number one concerning how little of the semester is left), so I’m trying to pay better attention. For example: One day you’re hanging out with your friends in high school, then next thing you know several of them are getting married. (You know who you are.) I’ve had months to adjust, and I still find this strange, but that’s life, right? It just goes on and on. If you haven’t seen the new “Alice in Wonderland,” go see it. I like things that make me pause and question how I go about my “normal” life. Really, I think it’s just as odd that flowers bloom when they’re supposed to here, as it is that flowers talk in “Wonderland.” It’s all about perspective, I guess. Believing six impossible things before breakfast … what a lovely habit. — Leigh Dickey is a junior in global studies. She can be reached at ldickey2@utk.edu.


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Dismal writing, 3-D effects plague new ‘Clash’ remake

Lifehouse struggles with new album Will Abrams

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If there was ever a film in need of being remade, it is 1981’s “Clash of the Titans.” The film is already iconic, but with a CGI makeover, it could blow today’s blockbusters out of the water (or so one would think). The remake changes up the original version’s story a good bit, with the end result being a mix between “300” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The film’s protagonist is Perseus, a man who is unknowingly the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), played by the increasingly popular Sam Worthington (“Avatar”). After his earthly parents are killed by Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Perseus swears to kill the god by any means necessary. Fortunately, the rest of the world is pretty angry with the gods as well and a rebellion has begun within the city of Argos. Joined by several of the city’s best warriors, Perseus begins his quest that will visit the likes of giant scorpions, the snakeheaded Medusa, and the ghastly Kraken. With the giant stream of 3-D films in the works for the next few years, “Clash of the Titans” provides companies with a blueprint of how to produce mediocre 3-D effects. It has received low points in this category almost unanimously by critics. Special effects are only the beginning of the film’s many failures, though. The writing is along the lines of “300” but not a single character has quite the same “cool” factor that Gerard Butler’s Leonidas pulled off. There are many one-liners in the film that would be forgivable by themselves, but with each new utterance, the Ridiculous Meter inches closer to full capacity. One of the bigger reasons why the film is below par is the running time. 100 minutes is simply not enough time to fit all the film’s mythology and storylines together. When these details aren’t spaced out in a fair amount of time, the film becomes the new “Spider-Man 3.” Aussie Sam Worthington hasn’t been seen in a proper dramatic role by most Americans, which is probably in the actor’s best interests. His portrayal of Perseus, no thanks to writer Phil Hay (who is also responsible for “Aeon Flux” and “The Tuxedo”), makes his role in last year’s “Terminator Salvation” seem awardworthy. Neeson and Fiennes attempt to pick things up in the acting department, but they only have about 20-30 minutes of screen time. Strangely enough, the most fleshed-out character is probably a soldier named Draco (Mads Mikkelsen from “Casino Royale”). At least there are cool fight scenes, right? Director Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2”) handles the camera about as well as any high school junior, making most action scenes appear as mediocre as possible. Despite its numerous flaws, “Clash of the Titans” does retain an ounce of fun here and there. Perhaps the original will receive a proper remake next decade.

In the world of music, it is important for a band to remember who it is and not lose sight of its unique sound. After years of rocking out and delivering hit singles, it seems that Lifehouse may be losing its way. The alternative band from Los Angeles first came onto the scene at the birth of the new millennium. The band’s first album, “No Name Face,” was a success by anyone’s standards, with the single “Hanging by a Moment” being one of the most played songs of 2001. “Stanley Climbfall,” the band’s follow-up album in 2002, was not as well received due to its rather monotonous sound. It did, however, feature two of the band’s better songs, “Spin” and “Take Me Away.” In 2005, Lifehouse was resurrected by its very popular self-titled album, which had radio favorite “You and Me.” The song also appeared on high-profile television

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Wednesday, April 7 — Baseball Western Carolina Knoxville 7 p.m. Women’s Track Sea Ray Relays Knoxville All Day Men’s Track Sea Ray Relays Knoxville All Day

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— Softball Western Carolina DH-1 Knoxville 4 p.m. Softball Western Carolina DH-2 Knoxville 6 p.m. Women’s Track Sea Ray Relays Knoxville All Day Men’s Track Sea Ray Relays Knoxville All Day

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Diamond Vols claim first SEC series Terrence Boone Staff Writer The Tennessee baseball team (15-14, 2-7 SEC) headed to Oxford, Miss., looking for its first series win against SEC competition in the Ole Miss Rebels (21-8, 5-4 SEC). Showing resolve in the rubber match after trailing the game four different times, the Diamond Vols secured the win with several two-out rallies scoring six runs in the final two innings to take the final game of the series 10-6. Wiith the win, the Vols took two out of three in the series, their first SEC series victory of the season. UT head coach Todd Raleigh noted that as the difference in the game. “We had so many guys step up for us today,” Raleigh said. “The biggest thing today was our two-out hitting. We just did a tremendous job of doing what we needed to do, and I’m really happy with that.” Short of a comeback The first game of the series saw Tennessee’s comeback effort fall short despite coming back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game. Junior P.J. Polk started off the fourth inning with a single, and Khayyan Norfork followed suit with another single to put two men on with no outs. Matt Duffy later drove

in the duo on a two-run single off Ole Miss starter Drew Pomeranz to cut the deficit to one. Freshman Chris Fritts knotted the game with his second collegiate home run. Unfortunately for the Big Orange, starting pitcher Brian Morgado surrendered two home runs to Matt Smith and Tim Ferguson in the fifth and sixth inning respectively to put the game out of reach for Tennessee, as the Vols fell 7-3. Polk’s day Saturday’s result proved to be different from Friday’s. The resilient Diamond Vols got several stellar performances on the mound and at the dish to come away victorious in game two of the series. Polk had a career day, recording four hits in five atbats and hitting two home runs to pace Tennessee. Polk leads the team in home runs to this point with six. The Big Orange got a solid outing from senior pitcher Stephen McCray, who allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out and walking five batters in seven innings of work. McCray, who moved to 3-3 on the season, said he had to overcome adversity to give the Vols a good pitching performance. “I didn’t have it right out of the gate, and I knew it,” McCray said. “I just had to battle and dig deep to find

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UT’s Zach Osborne prepares to turn a double play in a game earlier this season. The Diamond Vols won their first SEC series of the season this weekend, winning two of three games over Ole Miss. something to get through the inning. I just had to go back to the basics, relax, keep my tempo and focus. Hopefully this win will keep everyone in a positive mindset, and we can come back out here tomorrow and get another one.” It takes a team The final game of the series was a team effort for the Volunteers. After Steven Gruver gave UT a solid performance on

the mound, the tandem of relief pitchers, Matt Ramsey and Will Locante, shut down the Rebels’ bats for a scoreless 2.2 innings of work to finish the game. The player of the game, however, was Charley Thurber, a pinchhitter who contributed a pair of two-out RBI singles to allow the Vols to widen their gap and win 10-6. Thurber said the key for the Diamond Vols was relaxing. “We decided to stop put-

ting so much pressure on ourselves,” Thurber said. “We have so much talent on this team at every position. We just went out and played our game and, obviously, it worked out for us this weekend.” The Vols host Western Carolina on Wednesday before welcoming their first SEC opponent to Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season when the Florida Gators arrive on Friday for a crucial three-game series.


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